Chapter 23 : Pleasure And Pain : 6.2
6. Attachment And Pleasure-2
Attachment, love and Ananda (bliss)-all go together.
You are attached to your wife and children; you love them also, because they give you Ananda.
As this world is illusory and as through Bhranti (illusion) pain appears as pleasure, you must cut asunder all worldly attachments ruthlessly and direct your love and attachment towards the Reality, Brahman, the Adhishthana (substratum or basis) that lies at the back of mind and all objects and is the Sakshi (witness) for all the activities that take place in Buddhi.
It is difficult to divert the mind which, from infancy, has fallen into the pernicious habit of seeking external pleasure and it shall ever persist in doing so, unless you give it something superior to be amused with, a greater form of pleasure to delight in.
7. Kinds And Degrees Of Pleasures -
Intellectual pleasure is far superior to sensual pleasure.
Ananda from meditation is far superior to intellectual pleasure.
Spiritual bliss or Atmic bliss from Self-realisation is infinite, immeasurable and unbounded.
It is Anandaghana (solid mass of bliss).
Next : 8. The Golden Mean -
To be continued....